Patent Law, Antitrust Enforcement, and Public Access to Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies

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dc.contributor.advisor Hutt, Peter Barton en_US
dc.contributor.author Sigman, Laura J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-07T20:43:58Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Patent Law, Antitrust Enforcement, and Public Access to Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies (2003 Third Year Paper) en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8852200
dc.description.abstract Patent and antitrust laws impact public access to pharmaceuticals and medical technologies. Two instances—one involving Roche’s new class of HIV/AIDS drugs, the other an antitrust action brought against Boston Scientific Corporation for violations of an anticompetitive agreement pertaining to cardiac treatment technology—illustrate the salient effects that medical products can have on public welfare. This paper provides a summary of patent laws, including provisions designed to advance the public interest, and explains the economic motivations underlying the patent regime. It also discusses the rationale behind antitrust laws and describes how courts account for public welfare when imposing damages for anticompetitive behavior. While it is difficult to assess the value of benefits and harm to the public, particularly where public health is concerned, legal regimes should aim to balance interests of producers and incentives for innovation with public needs for access to pharmaceuticals and medical devices. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Food and Drug Law en
dc.subject public access en
dc.subject public welfare en
dc.subject public health en
dc.subject innovation en
dc.subject patents en
dc.title Patent Law, Antitrust Enforcement, and Public Access to Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technologies en
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.date.available 2012-06-07T20:43:58Z

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